Borneo is an adventure, wildlife and nature enthusiasts’ dream. Estimated to be home to over 350 bird, 150 reptile and amphibian and 220 mammal species, 44 of which are endemic to Borneo, this island paradise offers wonderful opportunities for wildlife encounters and rural adventure. Trek remote jungle trails in numerous protected rainforest reserves and cruise down the iconic Kinabatangan River which teems with riverbank life.
Come face to face with the ‘old man of the forest’, the charming orangutan, in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Climb the island’s highest peak, Mt Kinabalu, for a panoramic sunrise view or why not attempt the more technically challenging Pinnacles Range – not for the feint hearted!
Discover one of the world’s largest cave networks at Mulu National Park and witness millions of bats departing the caves at sunset in search of food. Experience tribal life in the remote Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak and learn about the living culture of the Iban people who are proud to call this wonderful jungle reserve home. Experience the adrenalin rush of the Coral Flyer island to island zipline and mountain bike through the rugged landscape of Kinabalu Park. The options for adventure in Borneo are seemingly endless allowing for a once in a lifetime experience and an active holiday like no other.
Yet after all this adventure and exploration it’s time to relax beachside and experience the luxury and attentiveness of a 5* boutique hotel - and you cannot get much better than Gaya Island Resort. This small but perfectly formed property offers an abundance of experiences for the active guest and plenty of opportunities to relax for those seeking quiet indulgence. Located just a 15-minute speedboat ride from the jetty at Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island Resort is situated on Pulau Gaya, one of five islands which make up a marine conservation park. Nestled within the hillside and surrounded by tropical rainforest, this tranquil retreat looks out over the South China Sea with a distant view of Mount Kinabalu. Located right in front of the resort is a strip of sandy beach and the house coral reef, where a guided snorkel excursion is a must. Dine on regional cuisine and exquisite fresh seafood at the restaurants, enjoy a beach barbecue at dusk or relax at the Spa Village which sits amidst lush mangroves.
Visit Gaya Island Resort’s Marine Centre at nearby Tavajun Bay to understand the important work they are doing on their three conservation pillars - Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation Through Education. With wildlife in its backyard and marine life abundant, a stay at the resort will always be an adventure. From potential glimpses of the shy proboscis monkeys to mangrove kayaking tours, amazing diving excursions and the resort’s very own wildlife and marine centres for turtle rescue, wildlife rehabilitation and conservation, nature has never been so accessible.
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